Welcome to
Papplewick Pumping Station
Britain’s finest Victorian Waterworks

Opening Dates & Times

Steam Events

The Pumping Station is in steam 8 times a year on the dates listed below with all engines running including the James Watt beam engines, the Linby colliery winding engine and miniature railway. Please note that the steam plant is very old and therefore we cannot guarantee everything will be running and, although rare, break downs can occur!

Underground Reservoir Tours

The reservoir bus is currently out of service which means it will not be available to drive visitors up to the underground reservoir for forthcoming steam weekends in 2017. We will however be walking groups up to the reservoir for those that still wish to go on a tour. Tours will start from 11.30am and then every 45 minutes until 4pm. Please be aware that the walk is approximately ¾ of a mile up a track and unfortunately will not be suitable for everyone due to the incline and nature of the surface. We hope to have the bus repaired as soon as possible for steam events later in the year. Thank you for your patience.

The tours of the underground reservoir take place during steam events only and an additional charge of £2 per adult and £1 per child (aged between 5-16) applies and spaces on each tour are limited. Tickets for the tours are purchased from the Superintendent's House on the day of visiting.

When not in steam the Pumping Station is open to the public every Sunday for a limited number of hours, please see times below. Please note that the Pumping Station is NOT open during the week except for pre-booked group visits of 15 or more people. If you would like to enquire about a group booking please contact the Pumping Station via the Contact Us tab.

2017 Steaming Dates & Times

Christmas Steaming with Christmas Fair - poster: / on Facebook

December 9 / 10 (Saturday / Sunday)

11am - 4pm

Sunday opening (not in steam)

April - Oct


Nov - Mar


Steam day admissions:

Gift Aid* admission   Standard admission  

Family (2+3)


Family (2+3)


Sunday non steam admission:

Family (2+)


* Note for visitors: Upon arrival we will offer you the Gift Aid price for admission to a steam day event. By choosing to pay the Gift Aid admission prices we are able to reclaim 25% tax on the whole amount paid which goes towards maintaining the Pumping Station for future generations to enjoy. Please note you are free to choose the standard admission if you wish, just let us know when you come to pay.

PLEASE NOTE: We are now able to accept debit card payments.

25% discount on normal steam day admission available on production of a valid English Heritage membership card including Overseas Visitor Pass Holders. Note: This discount is not available to English Heritage Corporate Partners. English Heritage Annual/Life Members are entitled to bring up to 3 children (5-16yrs).

Access Arrangements
The majority of the site is accessible for all but due to the historical nature of the Engine House access is via a small flight of steps leading to the porch and main door; there are also internal stairs for reaching the upper floors. A chair climber is available for traversing the porch steps. If you are thinking of visiting us please click here to view our Access Statement. If you wish to view our Access Policy please click here.

Code of Practise
The Pumping Station abides by Visit Britain’s National Code of Practice for Visitor Attractions. To view the code, click here:

Our address
Papplewick Pumping Station
Rigg Lane
NG15 9AJ

Map to help you get to Papplewick Pumping Station / Layout of the grounds at Papplewick Pumping Station

Heritage Lottery fund supported
Papplewick Pumping Station is an Accredited museum
Quality assured visitor attraction